A Penguin Who’s Afraid Of The Water

In a waddling case of life imitating art, just like Noodles the Penguin in the popular kids picture book Noodles & Albie, the Penguin Post has come across news of an actual penguin that is more than happy to keep her feathers permanently dry.   In fact she is so terrified of the water and swimming that she is proving to be a bit of a dilemma for her keepers.

charo-316392The aqua-phobic King penguin is named Charlotte and she was hatched at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water in England where she has been hand-reared by head keeper Alistair Keen. But, when Charlotte, Britain’s only King penguin chick, was reluctant to take the plunge, Alistair tried to give her a swimming lesson. He actually donned a snorkel and mask to take Charlotte for a swim, But she was having none of it.

“She turned and ran.” Alistair said: “I know penguins can’t fly but she was making a pretty good attempt of it in her bid to avoid taking the plunge.  In the wild the chicks only learn to swim by following their parents into the water so, as her adopted dad, I felt obliged to show her how it was done. She certainly didn’t take to it like a penguin or even a duck to water.”charlotte-590671However, the keepers are persevering and slowly Charlotte (like Noodles) seems to be coming round to the idea of swimming. Birdland is the only place in England that breeds King penguins and Charlotte is the first chick successfully reared there in seven years, and the first female penguin chick to be born in nine years.


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